Films and videos have been used in education systems for decades. In these modern times, though, video is taking on a greater role in learning than ever before. Teachers and students both recognize the importance of video in education. As time goes on, the relationship between video and education will continue to grow in practicality and uses. 

Particularly for kids and young adults in Gen Z (defined generally as everyone born between 1997 and 2015) video is deeply integrated into their everyday lives. Websites like YouTube have become learning resources for people of all ages and education levels. Video tutorials cover every topic imaginable. This generation also turns to video to follow their favorite celebrities, watch product reviews, play music videos and find commentary.

History of video-based learning

Video learning has been around since the mid 1900s, when the introduction of television allowed broadcasters to air educational videos. Other technology like overhead projectors made it easy to play reels of educational films in the classrooms. Later, VHS tapes (and eventually DVDs) allowed instructors to play recorded media on televisions. They could also store it easily for future use. Since the development of video compression and video services, webinars are now used for delivering lectures and lessons. Also, the internet and social media paved the way for platforms such as YouTube and Zoom, which allow teachers to include tutorials and experts from anywhere in the world. It creates endless opportunities for expanding ideas.

Modern use

In this century, schools are implementing more video content to increase engagement. It’s a familiar medium in the students’ lives, so it makes sense to incorporate it into their learning curriculum. Schools had begun developing the infrastructure for more comprehensive online learning years ago. However, during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, video became crucial. In response to the unforeseen circumstances, most schools used video conferences to continue education when in-person learning was not possible.

Looking forward

Video has a lot of potential in the future of education. The concept of online/offline hybrid classrooms can help in many situations. For example, video goes a long way to help teach those who are visual learners, or students who may find classroom settings overwhelming. Recoding all class sessions to allow online access is helpful, too. Plus, it creates more engaged listening and students can review it if they missed anything.

There are many other benefits of including video in class curriculums. It offers increased accessibility for students who can’t always make it to class for health reasons. In fact, self-paced learning can give a much-needed boost to those with learning difficulties. Instructors can add interesting visual concepts and give students valuable insights to places they aren’t able to visit. Students can be introduced to other cultures and foreign experiences in an impactful way. Additionally, virtual reality (VR) can give students a video version of first-hand experiences and step-by-step practices.

Moreover, video is especially helpful in classes like coding, science, engineering, languages, mathematics and music. From a high-tech angle, we need to understand that video is – and will continue to be – an essential communication tool of the 21st century. Students need to be immersed in it as much as possible. This helps to keep them on pace with their peers. Digital literacy is a job skill that is already in high demand, and that will only continue to grow as time marches on. 

Wrapping up

Sometimes, older generations might see the concept of video in classrooms as frivolous or unnecessary. The truth is that our education systems must advance as industries advance in order for our children to be ready for it when they get there. Incorporating video into classes allows instructors to have more success with their students on a daily basis. If done well, video can make learning more fun for students. Therefore, we are able to improve their engagement and retention. Also, it prepares students for a future that is likely to be rooted in video, regardless of what their occupation may be.

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